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It's going to be a journey of discovery


Bristol South Skyline Walk is a route which was developed as part of the Bristol Green Capital 2015 celebrations. It's for people who live in Bristol and for visitors as well. It is featured in the Bristol Visitors Guide 2018.

It takes you on a exciting journey of discovery across parts of South Bristol using pavements and footpaths to lead you to places which allows you to see Bristol from a less well known perspective.

The video above gives you a great introduction to what the route is about.

A route for all season
The route has things to offer all year round whether it is:
- Blossom in spring
- Summer flowers and wildlife - and you can watch the annual Balloon Festival in August from Perretts Park, the Northern Slopes and parts of Victoria Park
- Autumn Colours
- Clear views on a cold crisp winter's day
There are two routes to choose from.

- the longer full route (red on the booklet and map below) which is about 6 miles long and will take about 4 hours it has a number of steep, unpaved and stepped sections which may be unsuitable for some people; and
- the shorter (brown on the booklet and map below) route which is about 2 miles and will take about an hour and half. This route is better suited to those who prefer a route with paved surfaces and easier crossing points.

The routes can be used by walkers and runners.

They are designed so that if you wish you can break off from walking the route and return to Temple Meads/Central Bristol by bus.

There are two types of information downloadable from this website.

A booklet which gives the routes, information about what to see on the way around, and internet links to community, historical and wildlife information. This is available as a printed booklet from BSSW c/o 67 Beckington Road, Knowle, Bristol BS3 5ED; or from the Bristol Tourist Information Centre on the Waterfront in Central Bristol. www.visitbristol.co.uk/about-bristol/visitor-information/tourist-information-centre

A two sides of A4 leaflet - which gives a map and directions only. Downloadable - not available from the address above.
The full booklet

The Full Skyline Booklet can be downloaded from here

Full skyline booklet 7MB (6933k)
The route directions leaflet

Here is the Skyline walk map and route directions for those who do not want the full booklet.
The map and route directions are included in the booklet, so there is no need to download this if you have the booklet.

For Temporary changes to the route due to roadworks etc - see Route changes section below.

Skyline walk route map and directions only 240kb (241k)
Follow the Big Toe

Roundels have been added to street furniture to help people around both Routes.

Look out for the distinctive markers.

The arrow which points along the big toe is the direction you need to follow.

roundel for long route (832k)
roundel for short route (846k)
Copyright If you have walked the Skyline Walk - apply for a free badge

If you have walked either the Short or Long route - apply by email or write in for a free badge to info@bssw.org.uk with your name and address. It is one a half inches in diameter (c 4cm).
The route is designed to:

1) Showcase Bristol through views of Bristol's Skyline
2) Increase opportunities for people to socialise, and improve their health and wellbeing by walking or running the route
3) Enable people to discover the value of green spaces in this part of South Bristol
4) Provide information about the people, history and wildlife in our areas so that people can understand what is going on.

What is happening now....

We launched the walk on Saturday 9th May 2015 from Bristol Temple Meads at 2pm as part of the Bristol Walking Festival 2015, thinking we would get just a handful of people - but we had over 70 people turn up.

We held an anniversary walk in May 2016 the weather was less kind - but for the first time we took people around the short walk as well as the long walk. Over 40 people turned up. In May 2017 a joint walk with Bristol Libraries was held looking at historic prints of Bristol and then walking the route to find some of them. in 2018 again as part of the Bristol Walk Fest two walks cover the route - with over 70 people between them. For the first time with the walks we had people attending from outside the Bristol Area - Cardiff and the Midlands.

Work continues on an App to help people get round the routes using mobile phones/tablets. The Android version is currently under field testing, if you can help with this, please contact us.
Copyright Temporary Route changes - Frequently asked questions - Updates

This section we hope people will find helpful as it gives you information which will help you enjoy the route:

Temporary Route changes:
1) Q - With building works around the start of the walk at Temple Meads, Cattle Market Road and the Avon Walkway for the Bristol Arena and related developments will the route change?
A - the route may change as the work progresses. Please follow the directions put up to show diversions, but bear in mind that the diversion may be different if you visit more than once. Once the works have been finished we will be reinstalling roundels to help people find their way around.

2) Q - Will the Filwood Quietway works on the Northern Slopes and in Victoria Park affect the routes?
Long Route - The Filwood Quietway works in these two areas will be taking place between March and July/August.
For the Northern Slopes area - when you come down hill from the Viewpoint at St Barnabas Church - either walk down Wedmore Vale road - and then uphill up Glyn Vale - until you reach Cavan Walk and rejoin the route; or if the entrance just up the road into the Glyn Vale site is open (it wont be all of the time) go up the steps turn left into Kenmare Road - turn right to walk along Kenmare Road and then walk down the path next to Clover Court which takes you to the view point above Cavan Walk.
Short Route - Victoria Park - the only change is that the entrance to Victoria Park at Hill Avenue may be closed - if it is walk up Nutgrove Avenue in parallel with the route.

Frequently Asked Questions and updates to booklet.

1) Q - Who designed the birds next to the River on the first part of the walk?
A - Laura Williams

2) Q - You mention foraging opportunities as part of the walk - what kind of things can I forage for?
Firstly, please do not pick and eat anything do you not recognise. Also please do not pick everything from individual locations - please leave food for others and for wildlife. The more informal green spaces - the Slopes for instance; plus less managed parts of the formal Parks can be good for blackberries, sloe berries, elderflower and horseradish as examples. Perretts Park has a number of raised boxes which grow vegetables, salads and fruit. The availability of the food is of course seasonal.

3) Update - Redcatch Park
New Murals have been added to the Pavillion (see picture) along with a carved redwood bench in the shape of a fox. An information board paid for by the Walk is near the Car Park. A new community garden is open which has produce on sale and a coffee wagon "Roots" - details from www.facebook.com/redcatchcommunitygarden/

4) Update - Malago Greenway - Brixham Road open space.
The Berry Maze is a community project which is a unique maze made out of berry plants - 240 of them. The plants still have to grow, but the maze structure is there along with a lovely mosaic donated by a local school; and a huge 8x4m reproduction of the initial map of the maze drawn by 9 years old Harry Ward.
We would love to hear from you about what you think of the route, the booklet etc.

What people have said about the Walk.....
"This walk gave us a totally different view of Bristol...."
"We thought we knew the area so well but we found new places and walks with amazing views".
"You have opened up a whole set of new opportunities for me as the walk took me to places I had no idea I could reach so pleasantly on foot"
"At least as good as the Bath Skyline Walk"
"The leaflet is clear and interesting - we have lived in Bristol for years, and worked in the local area - but a lot of the walk was new to us."

But we would like to know what you think, so please contact us on:
info@bssw.org.uk or enquiries@northern-slopes-initiative.co.uk; or write to BSSW c/o 67 Beckington Road, Knowle, Bristol BS3 5ED.
CopyrightWith thanks to

The 12 groups involved - TRESA, Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust, Arnos Park Action Group, Friends of Redcatch Park, Community of Perretts Park, Communities in Partnership, Northern Slopes Initiative, Marksbury Area Community Association, St Johns Churchyard and Windmill Hill Community Orchard Group, Kingfisher Group, Windmill Hill Community Association and Victoria Park Action Group.

Bristol City Council Highways and Parks; and Filwood Health Park.

For Funding:
Bristol Green Capital 2015
The Filwood, Knowle and Windmill Hill Neighbourhood Partnership
Quartet

Martin Bodger (Graphic Design booklet), Tom Richards (Photography booklet), Aditi Rajagopal (Video), Chris Bloor, Neil Burlton, Ben Barker, Bristol Parks Forum, Bristol Ramblers, Destination Bristol, Pete the Broadwalk Newsagent, Sydenham Road Under Fives, Bristol Physical Access Chain. Lesley Woodward and Mike Kent-Ledger (Logo and Sweep).